Cheap flights to Paris
There really is nowhere quite like Paris. New York may have the buzz and London may have the nightlife, but Paris has the romance, the architecture and the food. The ‘City of Light’ has long been the preferred city break destination for doe-eyed couples who come for the unrivalled architecture, the quality of its restaurants and romantic night cruises down the River Seine.
But there is more to Paris than just the language of love. This place is also the capital of fashion, haute cuisine and is one of the most culturally rich cities in the world. Paris is full of galleries dripping with artistic masterpieces and streets filled with some of the most iconic buildings in the world. Anyone fancy a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower, or a walk along the Champs Elysées with its endless array of designer stores?
If you find yourself stuck inside with bored kids on a rainy day, then make a beeline for the Cité des Enfants, an interactive science museum especially for little ones. This magical place encourages kids to learn through a whole range of hands-on activities, from playing with balance to producing the energy to power a television (30 Avenue Corentin-Cariou, 75019, cite-sciences.fr).
The Niki de Saint Phalle retrospective at the Grand Palais, which runs until 2 February, is the first large-scale exhibition dedicated to the sculptor, painter, and film-maker in 20 years. An explosion of colour and texture, it's an engaging introduction to the artist's vibrant, politically and socially charged oeuvre (3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008, grandpalais.fr).
If you can't quite face braving the "grands magasins" during the winter sales, then head to FreeP'Star, a veritable vintage-clothing treasure trove packed to the brim with one-off pieces at bargain prices (8 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004, freepstar.com).
Fancy experiencing Mozart or Brahms being performed in the Basilique de Saint-Denis? Check out the Festival de Saint-Denis, a classical and world-music festival that takes place every year in Saint-Denis, a suburb just outside of Paris. festival-saint-denis.com
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